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Welcome to the Nacogdoches Film Festival, an annual celebration of the art and entertainment of film in all its forms!

Browse our 2014 lineup, get involved in our Short Film Competition, and explore the oldest town in Texas during your stay.

The Nacogdoches Film Festival announces appearance by director Jim Mickle at the February 2014 event

“We are very excited to have seasoned director Jim Mickle (“We Are What We Are,” “Mulberry Street,” “Stake Land”) appearing at the 2014 Nacogdoches Film Festival. He will also hold a workshop for aspiring filmmakers and interested fans,” said author and festival committee member Joe Lansdale. Lansdale and Mickle will introduce the screening of “Cold in July,” a film adapted to the big screen from Joe Lansdale’s book. This film’s world premier will be at the Sundance Film Festival in January, just prior to the Nacogdoches screening.

The film stars Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” “Six Feet Under”), who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and American Film Institute best actor award for his role in “Six Feet Under.” He also received a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in “Dexter.”

The cast for “Cold in July” also includes Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff,” Killing Them Softly,” “Mud”), Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”), and Vinessa Shaw (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Eyes Wide Shut”).

The “Cold in July” screenplay was written by Nick Damice and Jim Mickle. The story features an East Texas builder that kills a burglar in self-defense in the 1980s. The father of the deceased is seeking revenge. The two fathers must ban together to uncover a darker truth.

“Our festival just grows better every year” adds Lisa Steed, committee member. “We have an outstanding lineup for 2014 and are proud to bring new films to East Texas audiences. The future of the event is unlimited.” The schedule of events is nearing completion and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Nacogdoches Film Festival is a joint presentation by the Hotel Fredonia, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nacogdoches Main Street, SFA Film School and SFA Fine Arts.

The 2014 Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held February 21-22, 2014.

Behind the Scenes: Work on Film Festival Making Progress

The Nacogdoches Texas Film Festival group has been meeting behind the scenes preparing for the 2014 festival. “Several changes have been made to improve the delivery of a great festival.” according to Lisa Steed, festival organizer. “Most importantly, for our 3rd year, we’re moving the event from April to February 21–22, 2014.”

The Short Film Competition will now be managed by Brad Maule of the SFA Film School. “There are lots of promising filmmakers at the SFA Film School and this competition gives them a venue to showcase their film skills to the public,” adds Steed.

The committee has already booked “For the Love of Books” for Saturday, February 21st. This is a documentary film by author Bill Torgerson about the annual Pulpwood Queens Book Club “Girlfriend’s Weekend” in Jefferson, Texas and its organizer, Kathy Patrick. The club has grown and now includes 500 chapters worldwide. “The East Texas connection is right up our alley and we expect Kathy Patrick at the screening,” said Steed. The balance of the film schedule will be announced as bookings are confirmed.

The committee is busy working on a totally revamped website to further enhance the message to the public. The launch should be in early October.

The group has also instituted more favorable student pricing for the event. Steed adds, “We look forward to increasing student participation in 2014.”

The festival is a joint project of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Main Street, the Hotel Fredonia, the Nacogdoches CVB and the SFA Film School.

Contact Ron Johnson if you’d like join the festival committee.